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Fully Involved Fire is the number one online solution for edge training programs. Utilizing custom designed simulators to teach Command and Control, Fire Command, Group Skills, Pump Operator Skills, Tactics and Strategy and more Fully Involved Fire provides a revolutionary fire training opportunity at an extremely affordable price. Compared to custom SIMs costing upwards of $50,000 Fully Involved provides online firefighter training for less than $5 a month!
Our Fire Simulators are used worldwide. In addition we have developed custom programs for departments across the U.S. for officer training programs and promotion assessment centers. We provide technology to prepare your firefighters in a safe environment. We allow firefighters to make fatal mistakes in a safe environment. In addition, our Virtual Pump panel Simulations allows driver operators and trainees to perform practical pumping evolutions without damaging trucks or exhausting your first out companies.
In addition, our Simulators are designed and built exclusively by firefighters not software programmers that have never experienced stretching a line through a front door. Our team knows what it’s like to vent a roof, drag an unconscious victim through zero visibility, and fight through the darkness racing time against flashover. Our team are active firefighters and thus we speak your language, know your budget concerns, and can provide the customer service that only experienced fire professionals understand.
Ryan G. Christen, company owner and Chief of Development is the lead creator and founder of Fully Involved Fire. He has over 20 years in the fire service, is a Retired Battalion Chief in Florida, has served as Training Chief on a Federal Disaster Response team (FL-1 DMAT) and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. In addition, Chief Christen is a third generation firefighter, USAR trained member of an LTRT, Fire Service Instructor III, and Fire Officer IV. With experience responding to everything from working fires to national disasters and even western fire detail as a wildland firefighter Chief Christen provides the knowledge, training, technical skills, and practical experience to provide the top of the line training solutions you have been looking for!
The Value of Simulator Training – from Harvard Business Publishing:
Prof. Luerhman: A simulation stimulates active engagement of students. They are playing a role, not just reading and analyzing. Simulations generate much more energy among students than traditional lectures or case discussions.
Prof. Ernst: With simulations, students can explore the impact of multiple decisions at the same time. Simulations also allow students to validate their common sense relative to a particular situation.
Prof. Roberto: Simulations provide one way to provide some variety in pedagogy. They also provide that rapid feedback on student decision-making which is so critical for their learning.
Prof. Casadesus-Masanell: It's fun for students. There's not much preparation on their side, and it breaks the routine of classes. A simulation allows students to be in their own skin and directly experiment with ideas. It's very different from a standard class.
How do students react to using simulations?
Prof. Austin: Students don't want to stop playing. They play very differently. Some crash ahead, make mistakes, run through a scenario many times quickly. Others move much more slowly, deliberately, thinking carefully, studying what happens.
Prof. Ernst: Students enjoy winning. A well designed simulation includes an element of competition that encourages them to strive and to impress their classmates while learning!
Prof. Casadesus-Masanell: When I first started using a sim, I did not imagine the energy it would bring to the class. I've taught with sims in MBA and Executive Education and with both, the level of discussion is different —people get much more emotionally involved and competitive—they get hooked and their understanding of the learning points increases.
For faculty who haven't tried a sim-what one thing would you say to convince them to try one?
Prof. Edmondson: The students love it. It's hard to get them to stop talking about it, they want to do it over and over, and to share the experience. They have fun, it's engaging, they laugh, they're surprised. And it's memorable. It sticks.
Prof. Luerhman: Your students will thank you for trying it.
Prof. Austin: I'd say "Just wait until you hear the students' discussion after they've used the simulation." It's exhilarating, really, the issues the sim gives them access to. This is a really important point: The educational power is in the debrief. A sim is not the same thing as an online course. Rather, it's a way to get students talking about what you need to teach them.
Prof. Roberto: I believe that a good simulation offers opportunities for rich discussion and powerful learning even if the results don't work as predicted in the instruction's manual. I also believe that a diversity of outcomes represents one of the strengths of a good simulation.
What are you waiting for? Provide your firefighters with the training technology they need at a price every fire department can afford!
Battalion Chief Ryan Christen
Owner / FIF Chief of Development